Mid-season loan watch: Elliott flying in Championship, Wilson waning in Wales and Awoniyi surprising in Berlin

BEN PAINTER assesses the current crop of Liverpool players out on loan, and takes a look at how they’ve been getting on at their temporary homes.

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Liverpool have loaned out a lot of players out this seasons to various clubs around England and Europe for game time and experience.

As we are now firmly into the season, over halfway through, we look at how those players have gotten on for their respective clubs throughout the campaign so far.

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Harvey Elliott – Blackburn Rovers

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Elliott has been a stand out for Blackburn this season, becoming the club’s first-choice right winger at just 17 years old. He has scored four goals and assisted eight in 23 games for the Lancashire side, surely proving he is ready for some first team game time at Anfield.

Blackburn are doing well this season, currently in eighth place in the Championship. Just three points off sixth place Bournemouth and the playoff places.

It he keeps this form up, he could be playing regularly in the Premier League as soon as next season.

Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo – Cardiff City

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Both wingers were loaned out to the Championship side, with Ojo joining a few weeks earlier than Wilson. Both have done alright for Cardiff, Wilson has played 21 games, getting three goals and six assists. The Welshman had a strong start playing in various midfield roles but his goal contributions have dropped off in recent weeks.

Wilson was tipped to become a member of the first team squad for Liverpool, but he was sent out on loan for the third season in a row instead and hasn’t done a great deal for Jürgen Klopp to consider him a viable option.

After two underwhelming loan spells at Rangers and Reims in previous seasons, Ojo has done better in his spell in Cardiff. In 27 games, he has scored four and assisted five. It’s not a bad return, but at 23 his time at Liverpool is probably up and will be sold when Liverpool can find a fee that suits them.

He has been in an out the side, starting regularly on the flanks before Wilson came and he was used mainly off the bench. Cardiff on the whole are not having a great season, currently sitting in 16th place in the Championship and without a win in eight games.

Liam Millar – Charlton Athletic

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The Canada international joined the League One side in January and has done well so far. He has played six times, scoring twice and getting one assist. He started games up-front but has found form playing from a deeper left midfield position.

The Addicks are doing well, currently in eighth place and chasing promotion back up to the Championship. That said, after only half-a-dozen game it is a bit too early to really say how Millar has done for Charlton.

Loris Karius and Taiwo Awoniyi – Union Berlin

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Union Berlin are over-performing this season, currently in a very respectable eighth place in the Bundesliga. Liverpool have loaned both Awoniyi, who is still looking for a work permit in England, and Karius to the German side.

Awoniyi has played 18 games, scoring five and assisting four, a fairly decent return. He has been a regular starter up-front for Union, unlike Loris Karius who has struggled for game time. The German had only previously played one game in the cup, but made his first appearance in the Bundesliga just last week after an injury to first choice Andreas Luthe.

Karius is rumoured to be returning to Liverpool as he has not impressed Union Berlin enough during his spell.

Marko Grujic – FC Porto

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The Serbian has played 18 times for FC Porto in all competitions, not yet registering a goal or an assist, but as he is a defensive midfielder player this is not too alarming.

Grujic has been in and out the side this season but has generally done well in the games he’s played. Porto have had a decent campaign so far, currently in second place of the Liga NOS and won their UEFA Europa League group, advancing to the next round of the competition.

Adam Lewis – Amiens/Plymouth Argyle

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The young left back was on loan with French Ligue 2 side Amiens SC for the first half of the season and made nine appearances. He left in January, presumably to return to England and get more game time at Plymouth Argyle.

He came off the bench in his first game and scored his first senior goal in his second, but picked up an injury only returning last week, coming off the bench. Lewis’ spell at Amiens wasn’t too successful but it was surely a good learning experience playing in a foreign country and getting his first real experience of senior football.

Anderson Arroyo Salamanca

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Arroyo is another player who cannot obtain a work permit in England and has been shipped out on loan since his arrival in January 2018.

This season he has played seven times for Salamanca in Spain’s third tier. They are currently ninth in Group 1 Group A of Segunda Division B, as the league is split up in multiple groups. Arroyo is not one to look out for in the future at Liverpool, if this loan spell means anything.

Kamil Grabara – AGF Aarhus

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The Polish shot-stopper is enjoying his second spell at AGF, having previously joined them in January 2019.

This season he has been the club’s No.1 goalkeeper, playing 13 games, keeping four clean sheets and conceding just 14 goals. He returned to action just last week after a winter break in the Danish Superliga.

The rest

Morgan Boyes (Fleetwood Town), Ben Woodburn (Blackpool), Tony Gallacher (Toronto FC), all had loan spells at the club’s mentioned in the first half of the season but have now all returned to Liverpool.

Boyes played just four times for the League One club, while Woodburn played 13 times but suffered injuries and returned prematurely in January.

Gallacher played 10 times for the MLS side Toronto, but due to Canadian travel restrictions he did not actually spend anytime in the country, playing in the United States like the rest of the clubs in the league.

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